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Storm causes big hole in Pace homeowners yard

SANTA ROSA COUNTY - Homeowners in the Ashley Plantation Subdivision in Pace say a big hole opened up in their yard during last night's storm, and that it's happened before.

They want Santa Rosa County to fix the drainage situation in the area, which they say caused the problem.

The people who live at the home say they watched the hole open up during the storm within about ten minutes.

Charlotte Peters, Homeowner: "It's terrifying. We saw a very small spot turn into what you see behind me."
Charlotte Peters and her husband, Guy, had just gotten home when they saw the hole open.

Guy Peters, Homeowner: "I just watched my yard get deteriorated, my wife crying upset with the baby in the car."
Guy says Charlotte and their three children went to a neighbor's house across the street while he pulled his boat out of the driveway.

Guy Peters, Homeowner: "Backed my truck up in here and it was in about, I don't know, a foot, foot deep and a half of water....Looked up the road and the waters was coming from the house up there behind it."

The Peters say the drains in the neighborhood that lead to a holding pond behind their home are not adequate.

Guy Peters, Homeowner: "They expect water to flow through and it's probably about this big around."
They say a similar incident happened just over a week ago when a smaller hole opened up and was quickly filled by the builder, D.R. Horton.

Now they say the county needs to step up and fix the drainage system, which it's responsible for.

Charlotte Peters, Homeowner: "We keep hearing, 'We're having a meeting, we're having a meeting.' Well, we're tired of meetings."
After I asked about situation, Santa Rosa County authorities sent me a statement saying in part,

 "The county will cover the cost of the repairs. Additionally we will be working with the builder to see what modifications can be made to the drainage system to prevent future damage. "
They could not say yet when the drainage system would be fixed.